Re-imagining the introductory physics course
Christopher Orban, Assistant Professor of Physics, Teaching Campus: Marion, The Ohio State University
This talk will focus on how two advancements -- smartphone-based Virtual Reality and browser-based coding activites -- can be used to develop innovative new approaches for teaching introductory physics that can be deployed on a large scale. In particular I will talk about the BuckeyeVR project (http://buckeyevr.osu.edu) which is being used in select physics, math and engineering courses at OSU. I will also discuss the STEMcoding project which is an OSU-led effort to integrate simple, standards-aligned, browser-based coding activities into high school and early college physics courses. By releasing activities on youtube (http://www.youtube.com/c/STEMcoding) and hourofcode.com, the STEMcoding project aims to compensate for a lack of attention to these areas from national coding initiatives. Both the BuckeyeVR andSTEMcoding projects have included a serious educational research component that I will describe.
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